This post was originally posted on March 13, 2015. I think this is something that every Christian deals with at one point or another in their lives. Maybe, for some of us, we reside in defeat. Enjoy
Are You Defeated?
I’ve met and talked to so many people who are feeling defeated. This is something that is very common today. In fact, a quick Google search on “feeling defeated” brought back 43 million results. Some of the pages were quotes about feeling defeated, while others were personal blogs about their story of being defeated. Some stories were about a sporting event, but most were those who felt defeated in life. This brings me back to my question – are you defeated? Do you feel right now as though you are defeated and should give up?
First of all, you should note I am not a psychiatrist, therapist, counselor, psychologist or anything similar. I am not making any medical statements, nor will I dive into any legitimate medical reasons for depression. I am simply going to talk about one of the major reasons for a Christian to feel defeated.
Get ready for the big breakthrough. This is groundbreaking news….
The reason many of us feel defeated is….
Let that sink in for a moment. It’s not a cop-out, Sunday School answer. It’s real.
I believe that far too many of us who call ourselves “Christians” – or “Jesus followers” or whatever label you want to stick on yourself – are wrapped up in sin. Sometimes it is secret sin, sometimes it is a little more known. But Satan wants to use sin to keep you from doing all that God has planned for you. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. ” (HCSB) Don’t be fooled – Satan wants nothing less than your absolute destruction, rendering you worthless for God’s Kingdom.
When we get wrapped up in sin, we feel the weight of it. Oh sure, sin is fun! It’s enjoyable! It’s enticing! That is how Satan made it, otherwise we would not want to do it. But when it has run it’s course, it leaves us devastated, defeated and destroyed.
There is nothing more freeing than knowing sin has no power over you! Nothing will help you sleep more soundly, nothing will ease your conscience, nothing will help you relax and de-stress your life than knowing freedom from sin and living that way!
Consider these Scripture passages:
Galatians 5:1 – Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and donâ€™t submit again to a yoke of slavery. (HCSB)
Romans 6:1-2 – What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? 2 Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? (HCSB)
Romans 6:6-7 – For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sinâ€™s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, 7 since a person who has died is freed from sinâ€™s claims. (HCSB)
Romans 6:15-18 – What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Donâ€™t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves , you are slaves of that one you obey â€”either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred to, 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (HCSB)
You are free from sin!
Stop living as a slave to it. When we are choosing to sin – yes, we choose to sin! The Devil does not make you do it! – we are choosing to live as slaves to sin! If we have been set free from it, it makes no sense that we would continue to live as a slave to sin! When we continue to live as slaves to sin, we feel it’s power and dominance over us, and we will feel defeated. Every time!
Years ago when I was in college, I read the book The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, and there was a section that has stuck with me to this day, and totally changed my way of thinking. It says this:
Too often, we say we are defeated by this or that sin. No, we are not defeated. We are simply disobedient. It might be good if we stop using the terms victory and defeat to describe our progress in holiness. Rather, we should use the terms obedience and disobedience. When I say I am defeated by some sin, I am unconsciously slipping out from under my responsibility. I am saying something outside of me has defeated me. But when I say I am disobedient, that places the responsibility for my sin squarely on me. We may in fact be defeated, but the reason we are defeated is because we have chosen to disobey. We need to brace ourselves up and to realize that we are responsible for thoughts, attitudes, and actions. We need to reckon on the fact that we died to sin’s reign, that it no longer has any dominion over us, that God has united us with the risen Christ in all His power and has given us the Holy Spirit to work in us. Only as we accept our responsibility and appropriate God’s provisions will we make any progress in our pursuit of holiness.
So if you are feeling defeated, you are really disobedient. If that is the case, confess it, get accountability in that area and move on for God’s glory! Stop living as a defeated slave, when we are really victorious sons and daughters of God because of Jesus death on the cross!
When we are living holy, obedient lives before God, we will feel free and victorious! And that is so much better than living defeated in sin.